Chicago is such a segregated and balkanized city. Except when it comes to Devon Avenue, a major thoroughfare on the North Side. People from all walks of life stroll the sidewalks and patronize the stores. Wish that the whole city were that way.

Lee Bey, besides being an urbanist, professor, and now-freelance architecture critic (formerly he was at the Sun-Times as well as at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill), is also one of the city’s finest street photographers; check out his short photo essay on Devon Street. His personal Web site is full of great photography as well as endlessly interesting details of Chicago’s architectural and cultural history, like the Schaumburg Space Needle (seriously), the Charles W. Cushman collection, The Monkey Hustle (a film shot in 70s Woodlawn), and much more.